An abrasion of the ankle is a common injury, often caused by a traumatic event such as a fall, a blow to the ankle, or a sports injury. It can also occur due to friction from rubbing against rough surfaces.
An abrasion of the ankle is usually diagnosed based on a physical examination. The doctor may inspect the area for signs of redness, swelling, and tenderness. They may also ask about the patient’s medical history and recent activities to determine the cause of the injury.
Abrasions of the ankle can be confused with other conditions such as a sprain, fracture, or ligament tear.
Treatment of an abrasion of the ankle depends on the severity of the injury. Mild abrasions can typically be managed with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). More severe abrasions may require antibiotics and cleaning of the wound.
Most abrasions of the ankle heal quickly with proper care. The prognosis is usually good with no long-term complications.